"Once you cut a bagel in half, it's no longer a bagel, just another piece of bread."
I thought Bagels were special because they were not just ordinary bread - the dough being boiled first? However I would agree with your sentiments. I don't cut my morning toast in half either, I like a full slice to grip onto.
This morning, I stopped into a life place for a bagel. The bagelitself was ok as it had a good crust, but the people who prepared it ruined it. How so? They cut it on half after slicing ti and applying cream cheese. Begels must be fully round. Once you cut a bagel in half, it's no longer a bagel, just another piece of bread.
@Antedeluvian - "our tradition is to eat them open-face. More lox per unit area!". I saw that from the photo in the main article. As you may have seen from the link in my post above, the vendow I will go to only offers them as sandwiches (I guess that makes them easier to carry in a bag :-).
If When I make it to EELive 2015 I hope that you and/or Martin will take me in hand and expose me to some genuine Bagels!
@MB - Martin you are obviously a purist in this regard and thought I don't always agree with them, I have learned that purists usually know what they are talking about. Also, on of your photo captions states that "Smoked salmon, also known as lox, is acceptable to bagel purists". So I feel fairly safe. Smoked salmon, with cream cheese and capers, would be my favourite sandwich filling, and I would not want too much other stuff with it. But I will try and get a couple more plain bagels to take away as well (I will have a long drive home so they will come in handy I am sure......)